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University bids farewell to 228 graduates

Saint Augustine’s University awarded bachelor’s degrees to 228 seniors during its 2013 Commencement ceremony Sunday, May 5. The class of 2013 makes history as the first graduating class of Saint Augustine’s University. The school transitioned from Saint Augustine’s College to Saint Augustine’s University on Aug. 1, 2012.

President Dianne Boardley Suber encouraged students to pay themselves first by investing; to be decision-makers; to have integrity; and to give back.

Cynthia Marshall, senior vice president of human resources for AT&T, delivered the commencement address. Marshall gave graduates advice based on the five things she learned on her journey. She told them: always remember where you came from; do the right thing; never give up; embrace each other; and find your passion and purpose, and get busy making a difference.

“You are bright, you are talented and you are resilient, and you’re already making a difference.”

The University also recognized members of the class of 1963, who commemorated their 50th reunion this weekend.

AT&T Executive Cynthia Marshall to Deliver Commencement Address

President Dianne Boardley Suber announced today that Cynthia Marshall will address Saint Augustine’s University graduates at the 2013 Commencement ceremony to be held at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 5, 2013, on the campus quadrangle.

“We are delighted that Cynthia Marshall will join us to celebrate Commencement with Saint Augustine’s University’s 2013 graduates," said SAU President, Dianne Boardley Suber. "This will be a historic event for SAU as this will be the first graduating class since Saint Augustine’s College transitioned to university status August 1, 2012.”

Marshall has been with AT&T for more than 30 years. From January 2007 to 2012, Marshall was AT&T’s top executive in North Carolina. She was promoted to her new position as senior vice president of human resources at AT&T’s corporate headquarters in December 2012. While in N.C., Marshall was the first African-American to lead the board of directors of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce and was active in a number of North Carolina nonprofit organizations. Marshall is also a colon cancer survivor and chronicled her battle in an online journal while putting in 40-hour work weeks when she was able, as president of AT&T North Carolina.

Saint Augustine’s University's 82nd Commencement will celebrate the achievement of more than 220 graduates. The ceremony will also be broadcast via live stream to the families of Saint Augustine’s University students worldwide.

CDC Hosts Ribbon-Cutting for Heck Street Unit

The Saint Augustine's University Community Development Corporation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, March 22, for a recently completed duplex unit at 307 Heck Street in downtown Raleigh. The Heck Street unit is part of a project funded by a $2.1 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant the University received from the N.C. Department of Commerce, Division of Community Assistance.

The Heck Street duplex features two 930-square-foot residential spaces, each with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The units will be rented to low and moderate income families.

SAU Students Participate in Voter ID Hearing

On Tuesday, March 12, Saint Augustine's University students voiced their opinion about a proposed voter identification requirement. Students attended a public hearing at the NC General Assembly on the topic.

Several students spoke with community activist Octavia Rainey on her radio show that morning about the potential impact, on college students in particular, of a new voter ID law. Back in 2011, many Saint Augustine's University students lobbied against a voter ID bill. The bill was not successful, but with new leadership in the state, the issue is up for discussion again.

Faculty, staff and students participated in the hearing, as well as a voter ID educational meeting at First Baptist Church (101 S. Wilmington St.) sponsored by the NAACP. The meeting was followed by a rally, where the Rev. William Barber and others spoke to a small crowd of concerned citizens. SAU Junior Class President Kamya Jabari was invited to speak at the podium during the rally.

The voter ID public hearing was held at the Legislative Office Building. SAU Senior class president Malcolm Richbourg and Communications major Johna Mitchell shared the microphone with Nathan Weeks, a political science major from Shaw University.

McCrory Visits St. Aug Campus

Saint Augustine's University served as host for UNCF's Annual Governor's Luncheon on Wednesday, March 20. Gov. Pat McCrory was the keynote speaker for the event, which was a fundraiser for UNCF.

During his speech, McCrory highlighted three issues related to education he plans to work on during his term. Connecting commerce and education, reducing the cost of education, and taking advantage of technology to improve education will be a few of the issues the governor plans to take on, he said.

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